The objectives and methodology of the study

AuthorCSES, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (European Commission), Maastricht University, PPMI
Study suppo rti ng t he eva luat ion of t he op erat ion of t he Consu m er s, Heal th,
Agr icult ure an d Food Execu tiv e Agen cy ( 201 4-2016)
2.1 . St udy ob je ctiv es a nd scope
The m ain obj ectiv e of this study was to ev aluat e the effect iveness, efficiency and
coher en ce of the implem ent ati on of parts of t he European Union programmes by th e
Agency in the period from 20 14 to 20 16. The st udy covered t he act ions an d project s
funded duri ng th is per iod as well as t he legacy of t he progr am mes and act ions fund ed
until the en d of 2 013. The st udy did not focus on th e scient ific or op er at ion al
ach ievements o f t hese progr amm es.
Accor ding to t he t ender specif ication s, t he stu dy was o rgan ised i nto 5 t ask s:
1. Assessm ent of t h e regul at ory fr am ework, the m ission and gover nance of
2. Assessm ent of CHAFEA’s per form ance in 2014-20 16;
3. Maint ainin g an adeq uate level of k now-h ow i nside the Comm ission ;
4. Cost -benefi t an alysi s (CBA) ;
5. Synt hesi s, concl usions and poli cy r ecom men dations.
The key findings, conclusions and recom m endat ions of t his stud y will infor m in terna l
decision-making in the Ag ency an d its parent DGs on possible im provements t o the
im plem entat ion of the programmes delegated t o the Agen cy. The st udy r esult s will be
com mun icated to CHAFEA’s St eering Com mittee, t he Eur opean Parliam ent, the Council
and the Euro pean Cour t o f Aud itors.
Below w e presen t our ov erall approach for t he assi gn m ent and descr ibe t he key data
collection and anal ysis m ethods u sed fo r t he t asks d escri bed abov e.
2.2 . Meth odo lo gy
2.2 . 1 . Or gan isa tio nal mo de l us ed fo r t he stu dy
In ou r offer , w e pr oposed foll ow ing a holist ic a ppro a ch t o org anisa tional a nalysis
during t he evaluation of CHAFEA. To pr op er ly or ganise a d escriptive, explanat or y and
prescr iptive st udy of the Agency , t he cont ext of an organisat ion, i ts processes and t he
resul t s of org an isat ional performance m u st be ident ified, and these must be linked
to gether in a sing le fra mew ork. The o rgan isat ional m odel for the eva luat ion of CHAFEA
was d ev elop ed on t he basis of the CAF (Com m on Assessm ent Fram ework) m od el ,
which is an or ganisat ion m anagement t ool inspired b y t he Excellence Mod el of the
Euro pean Foun dation for Qualit y Man agem ent.
The or ganisat ional model includes a nu m ber of or g a nisational f a ct ors g rouped i nto
th e following thr ee set s: (1) regulat or y and oper at ional fram ew or k; (2) enablers; and
(3 ) results (FI GURE 1) . The Ex ecutiv e Agen cies have t h ei r own leg al p er sonality an d
managerial autonom y, but they are super vised by one or mult iple parent DGs. Th e set
of or gani sat ional factors r el at ed t o t he regu la t ory and op erationa l f ram ew o rk of
an ag ency i ncludes t he follow ing element s: ( 1) the m andate and r esponsibilities of an
agency ; (2 ) its ext ernal governance (autonomy an d cont rol/ super vision by t he par ent
DGs); and ( 3) its organisational st ruct ure. Th e analy sis of these items w ill allow us to
assess the org an isat ional en vir onm ent and regulat ory fr am ewor k, as w ell as t o
describ e CHAFEA’s mission, it s gov ern ance arr ange men ts a nd organi sati onal st ruct ure.
The so-called e n ablers determine what an or gani sat ion does and how it ex ecu tes it s
tasks to achieve t he desir ed result s wit hin t h e existi ng regu lat or y f ram ework an d
govern ance/ org anisational st ructu re. These fa ct ors include the following elem ent s: (4)
strategy and plann in g; ( 5) p eop le; (6) other resour ces; ( 7) p ar tnerships; an d ( 8)

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